I’ll be volunteering through the same organisation as i went with before Crew for Calais (https://twitter.com/crewforcalais?lang=en-gb)
Crew for Calais are about to start working in the new refugee camp in Dunkirk. The camp has been built by Medecins Sans Frontieres and is being run by Utopia56 (www.utopia56.com) The Dunkirk camp is brand new, and for now accommodation and essential utilities such as water and the camp kitchens are being completed. Following that, the cultural spaces will be set up. I know that the team behind Good Chance Theatre (http://goodchance.org.uk/) are planning to expand their activities and set up new spaces at both Calais and Dunkirk. I hope that i can make contact with them and see if Edgeryders might be able to help expand their operation and draw in support and volunteers from around Europe.
A number of their volunteers will be carpenters helping to build new shelters and new communal areas and we’re looking for more people who fit into these groups:
- skilled carpenters to build the camp kitchens
- skilled welders and carpenters to work on accommodation projects in the camp
- people who are competent with tools to assist with the above
- people who are able to work with a smile on their faces in the cold, to work in all other areas of the camp, including welcoming refugees, security and aid distribution
- people who have cars, who are willing to drive themselves and other volunteers to France, as well as between the accommodation and the refugee camp
I will be going out to initially work in the distribution warehouse giving longer term support to the people based there and acting as a central point for volunteers coming over through Crew4Calais for shorter stays.
Initially i’m going for 10 days, but i could be there until the end of April, or even longer if possible.
Because i’m in the warehouse i’ll be able to put out regular calls for specific areas of aid that are required for the camps (i already know that we’re in desperate need of fire extinguishers already)
Amplification of the voices and stories coming from the camps
Anything that the ER community thinks could help people on the ground